Ice Storm Warning issued for Central Illinois

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Peoria, Ill. (WMBD) – Ice storm warnings and Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect across Central Illinois. While the heaviest freezing rain has moved out, light freezing rain/drizzle will gradually change to snow this evening leaving Central Illinois with light snow accumulations through midnight tonight.

Storm Impacts Through Friday Night

  • Light snow accumulations of 1-3 inches west of the Illinois River, mainly Friday evening
  • Wind gusts up to 30 mph may cause tree and power line damage leading to power outages
  • Hazardous driving conditions expected to continue overnight

A powerful storm brought Central Illinois a widespread 0.20″ to 0.50″ of ice Friday morning. Here’s are a few ice reports from across the region.

Farmington – 0.50″
Morton – 0.40″
Peoria – 0.33″
Roanoke – 0.30″
Bloomington – 0.30″
Eureka – 0.30″
Downs – 0.30″
Lincoln – 0.25″

Snowfall Forecast

After a mixture freezing rain and snow this afternoon we’ll see a transition to all snow this evening with snow ending from west to east between 10 pm and midnight. Snow accumulations of 1-3 inches are expected along and west of the Illinois River with the highest totals north of a Galesburg to La Salle/Peru line with locally higher amounts possible. Elsewhere, snowfall amounts will remain below an inch.

The additional snow is expected to make roads slick through this evening, especially along and west of the Illinois River. Travel is not advised through this evening. If you must travel be sure to monitor the forecast and have a winter weather preparedness kit in your vehicle.

Another system will bring additional light snow to Central Illinois Saturday evening with additional snow accumulations of 1-2 inches expected along and east of the Illinois River.

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